Here are the facts: 90% of girls say the media places a lot of pressure on girls to be thin. 46% of girls think that the fashion industry does a good job of representing people of all races and ethnicities. 55% of teenage girls admit they diet to lose weight, and 37% know a girl with an eating disorder.
A bill that supports media literacy programs, promotes research on the effect of media images and encourages the adoption of voluntary guidelines to promote healthier media images for young people was recently introduced to congress. The bill, the Healthy Media For Youth Act (H.R. 4925), was written by Girl Scouts and introduced to Congress by Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). Contact your U.S. representative and encourage him or her to become a Voice for Girls and support H.R. 4925. GSUSA has created a draft email for your use. You can edit this to reflect your reasons on why this issue is important to you.